Saturday, March 28, 2009

In the land of lame excuses

lies this one.

I have not been to the gym in over a week because I cannot find the belt clip to my fancy pedometer and my exercise pants don't have pockets. I feel it's not worth going to the gym if I can't count the steps towards my 10,000/day goal.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Apparently, Andrew and I have offended whatever spirit lives in our house...

Bear started with *high fevers followed by nothing for 24 hours* (repeat starred section) Saturday night. Tuesday she stopped turning her head and would instead turn her entire body if she needed to look at something. We spent Tuesday night on the phone with the pediatrician and checking on her hourly to make sure she wasn't developing meningitis. She was fine Wednesday and then started with the stiff neck thing again Wednesday night (another sleepless night of checking on Bear hourly). Thursday we finally took her to the pediatrician and found out she has strep throat - her swollen glands are probably causing her neck pain.

In the meantime, Andrew goes to the doctor to have his sore knee looked at and finds out that he has a partially torn ligament in his knee. Samantha and Alice went to the vet Wednesday for their yearly check up and shots BUT it seems Alice has an ulcer on her eye and an elevated white blood cell count so she can't get her shots. And Samantha has a double ear infection. So three prescriptions, a pending referral to a doggy ophthalmologist, and $350 later the dogs are on their way to well being.

But wait, in the middle of the night last night, Samantha fell off the bed. (Our bed is about 3 1/2 feet high.) No big deal, it happens sometimes. But last night, in flailing her paws about to stay on the bed she managed to snap off one of her nails. We woke up this morning to pools of blood all over the carpet.

If anything else goes wrong by the end of the week I am moving out until the church declares this place habitable again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Posy Slip

I love Interweave Knits as much as the next girl, however, I think someone has lost their mind with this one. The Posy Slip is cute - though I definitely wouldn't make it in purple and I'm not such a big fan of the striping effect of the yarn. But the biggest draw back? The part of this dress that would land me in divorce court? This dress calls for Artyarns Silk Pearl. Eleven to fourteen hanks of Silk Pearl. In case you're not understanding my outrage, that would cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $440 - $560 not including shipping. There are wedding dresses that cost less.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Sweater Controversy

I love this radio show, but this might be the funniest thing I ever heard...

First, an offhand comment by Mo Rocca (3:30-4:00 if you don't want to listen to the whole thing).

And now his apology.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Bear: So I'm going to be a big sister and a little sister?

Me: Yup.

Bear. Thanks mom, I couldn't have done it without you.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dear Baby Tadpole,

  1. My lungs are not footrests.
  2. My bladder is not a trampoline.
  3. It is very hard to sleep at night when your insides are doing the Jitterbug.
  4. "Above average" is not something you have to achieve at birth.
  5. Enough with the Cadbury Eggs and the apples with peanut butter already.
  6. I love you.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pay-It-Forward Pillow

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool
Begun: 7/30/08
Finished: 3/8/09
Notes: Only seven months late... I like the finished product. The close-up picture shows a lot of white peeking through the stitches but in reality you can't even tell that the pillow stuffing the knitted cover is white. I really like the buttons, too. They match perfectly. I started the pillow doing chocolate brown and very dark brown stripes but I hated how it looked so I ripped it back and did the entire pillow in chocolate brown. I'm much happier with that choice. I hope she likes it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ballerina Wrap

Pattern: Ballerina Wrap from Adorable Knits for Tots
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Size: 3-4 years
Begun: 11/8/08
Finished: 3/1/09
Notes: I originally planned on making this for Bear to wear at Sara's wedding, but obviously that didn't happen. It came out cute, though the sleeves look puffy to me and the edging doesn't quite lie flat. Bear likes it and really, that's all that matters.